|Also known as||Low Down Dirty Blues Band|
|Origin||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Genres||Funk rock, Rap rock|
|Years active||1989–1997 , 2007 –present|
|Associated acts||Che Fu, Drab Doo-Riffs, Svelte|
|Past members||Paul Russell|
The band was founded on New Year's Eve 1989/1990, having previously been named the Low-Down Dirty Blues Band.
Supergroove's first release was the single Here Comes the Supergroove, which wasn't added to either of their original albums. Supergroove released two albums of original content – Traction, from which four singles were taken, and Backspacer, which yielded two singles. Between the two they recorded the EP Tractor, and put out an EP of remixes, GreatMixes.
Prior to Supergroove's second album Backspacer, singer Che Fu and trumpeter Tim Stewart were fired from the band. The band then entirely split up in 1997 over creative differences. Seven years after the group split a 'Best Of' compilation, Postage, was released.
- In 1990 Supergroove were the support act for New Kids on the Block at Mount Smart Stadium.
- Saturday, 15 January 1994, Supergroove played at Mountain Rock III, Mountain Rock Music Festival.
Notable former members include Che Ness, aka Che Fu, now with a successful solo career, Joe Lonie, a music video producer, and Paul Russell, who moved on to start the New Zealand band Eight (who recently split), and who still studio drums with Che Fu and Brooke Fraser. Two other ex-members, Tim Stewart (trumpet) and Ben Sciascia (guitar) formed a new band in late 2005 called Svelte. Ian Jones joined upcoming Sydney band Lost Valentinos on drums. Karl Steven completed a PhD in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy at Cambridge University and is now a member of Auckland surf-punk band The Drab Doo-Riffs.
Despite what was widely considered to be a less than amicable break up, Supergroove supported Crowded House for the three shows of their October 2007 New Zealand tour. This reunion included Che Fu, Jo Lonie, Tim Stewart, Ben Sciascia, Ian Jones, Nick Atkinson and Karl Steven.
Supergroove continued in 2007 on a summer tour, playing alongside popular New Zealand bands such as Atlas, Elemeno P, The Feelers and were one of the headline Kiwi acts of the Big Day Out 2008 in Auckland. The band featured in the University of Otago's, the University of Canterbury's and the University of Waikato's 2008 orientation weeks.
Supergroove played at the Groove in the Park 2010 festival held on New Zealand's Waitangi Day (6 February), at the Western Springs in Auckland. Supergroove also played at the Homegrown Festival in Wellington on 14 March 2009.
In February 2015, Supergroove reunited to play in all shows of The Winery Tour – 12 shows at various vineyards around New Zealand. http://thewinerytour.co.nz
- Che Ness – vocals (1989–1995, 2007-present)
- Karl Steven – vocals, keyboards, harmonica (1989–1997, 2007-present)
- Ben Sciascia – guitar (1989–1997, 2007-present)
- Joe Lonie – bass (1989–1997, 2007-present)
- Tim Stewart – trumpet (1989–1995, 2007-present)
- Nick Atkinson – saxophone (1989–1997, 2007-present), keyboards (1995–1997)
- Ian Jones – drums (1994-1997, 2007-present)
- Paul Russell – drums (1989–1994)
|1992||"Here Comes The Supergroove"||21||—||Non-album single|
|1993||"You Gotta Know"||4||57||Traction|
|1994||"Can't Get Enough"||1||32||
|"Sitting Inside My Head"||6||—||
|1996||"If I Had My Way"||7||—||Backspacer|
|2003||"For Whatever Remix"||—||—||Postage|
New Zealand Music Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref|
|1994||Malcolm Welsford – "You Gotta Know"||Best Engineer||Nominated|||
|1995||Traction||Album of the Year||Won|||
|"Can't Get Enough"||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Jo Fischer and Matt Noonan – "Can't Get Enough"||Best Video||Won|
|Karl Steven & Malcolm Welsford – Traction||Best Producer||Won|
|Malcolm Welsford – Traction||Best Engineer||Won|
|Sigi Spath and Jo Fisher – "You Gotta Know"||Best Video||Won|
|1997||Sigi Spath and Joe Lonie – "If I Had My Way"||Best Video||Won|||
|Malcolm Welsford and Karl Steven – Backspacer||Best Producer||Won|
|Malcolm Welsford – Backspacer||Best Engineer||Nominated|
- de Graaf, Peter (28 October 2014). "Trio freaked out in the groove". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- Chunn, Mike and Chunn, Jeremy. The Mechanics of Popular Music, GP Publications, 1995, ISBN 1-8695-6130-9.
- https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/41008/Che-Fu-fired-up-and-ready-to-Supergroove%7C "I didn't leave the band I was asked to resign. I was kind of fired from the band,"
- https://dubdotdash.blogspot.com/2013/05/che-fu-2-b-spacific-revisited.html%7C Che: "I didn't leave the band, I was thrown out."
- https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/hopetoun-brown-supergrooves-tooting-twosome-go-it-alone/U77ZCPME66UI2YMQUYTUMDRB4I/ |...the latter days of Supergroove when Stewart was fired from the band..."
- Svelte website
- The Feelers, Elemeno P, Atlas Summer Tour
- Big Day Out Press Releases Archived 29 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Orientation 2008". Orientation 2008 official programme. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "Supergroove events from 2008". Last.FM. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "Jim Beam Rock Stage: 2009". Vodafone Homegrown. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009.
- "charts.nz > Supergroove in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peaks"
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > Supergroove in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
- Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "You Gotta Know": "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – 17 Sep 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 5 July 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
- "1994 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "1995 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "1996 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "1997 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "TUI STALWARTS TAKE OUT LEGACY AWARD". NZ Music Awards. Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 26 October 2014.